#AuthorsLoveTeachers (AND Librarians, of course!) Giveaway, 2020
Well, another Valentine’s Day has rolled around. I have visited many schools so far this year and I am continually astounded by the teachers and librarians who I meet who are caring for the minds and hearts and souls of “their kids.”
I have met teachers who stay after school, work with kids at lunch, and create alternative curricula for children who need it. I see evidence of spectacular lesson and unit planning and rooms decorated to be welcoming places for children. I have met educators who are playing basketball with kids to connect, who greet each student with a smile every morning, and take the time to check in with kids as young people rather than just students.
I know countless librarians and educators who take the time to organize book groups with young readers and discuss real world issues that kids are wondering about or grappling with. I have even met a principal who does laundry for students who would otherwise come to school dirty.
These people are teaching the curriculum but oh, they accomplish SO much more. They save children. They change perceptions. They give kids information and tools to improve their own lives. You know, sometimes it’s a matter of introducing kids to a side of life they simply didn’t know existed. Or seeing themselves in a way they didn’t think was possible.
Like Carley Connors in my first book, ONE FOR THE MURPHYS, I am not a crier but seeing these things happen does undo me sometimes. I am so, so grateful that there is an army of educators out there championing children.
In my latest novel, SHOUTING AT THE RAIN, there is a strong theme of Strong Shoulders (the title of this blog as well). Teachers, librarians, and all others who work with kids each day and buoy them embody this idea.
SO, we authors and illustrators would like to THANK YOU for everything that you do. Every day. YOU are heroes.
***ENORMOUS thanks to my fellow authors and illustrators who are donating each book as well as the cost of shipping. This could NOT happen without each of them.
SO…HERE are the 2020 giveaway books. (***INSTRUCTIONS on how to enter are at the end of this post.)
So a pretty cool line-up of signed picture books and novels, huh?
Okay–so to enter the SIGNED BOOKS Giveaway to win ALL of these books – THE KID LIT LOTTERY!!! ……
1) Make a comment on this blog about anything book-related, kid-related, a story to share about teaching, etc.. 🙂 *Please provide twitter handle or e-mail address with your comment* Also, if you share elsewhere online (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc.) please let us know here.
2) Share to Twitter with the hashtag #AuthorsLoveTeachers (I know–long hashtag 🙂 But it will help us find your entry!) ***Please include link!
Giveaway ends on Saturday, February 22nd at 11:59PM. Winner will be announced late the following day. (I am traveling until then)
1) This is to show our appreciation for teachers and librarians, specifically. Therefore, the winner MUST have a school mailing address and be presently employed at that school. (Sorry–only US winners this time.)
***2) We know that teachers do not always get the appreciation they deserve. This giveaway is a reminder that WE appreciate you. Yes—we write the books, but YOU are in the trenches every day. YOU get the books into the hands of children. Together, we create life-long readers.
And for that…we are most grateful.